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Those with Epilepsy Added to List of Patients Who Can Use Medical Marijuana in Illinois

Those with Epilepsy Added to List of Patients Who Can Use Medical Marijuana in Illinois

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Epilepsy and other seizure disorders are now on the list of maladies that qualify patients for medical marijuana.

This new law, effective in January, applies to adults, who would be allowed to smoke medical marijuana, and to children, if they have permission from a parent and are given a non-smokable form of cannabis.

“When I saw all the children that showed up at committee to testify – the parents, the children – that to me was the most compelling proof that we were doing the right thing, and if anything good came out of session this year, (it) was this bill,” said State Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago), who sponsored the measure.

Parents of epileptic children said they have not had success treating seizures with pharmaceutical drugs, but that cannabis did help. Adam Frederick of Washington, Ill., says he moved to Colorado to access pot for his daughter, who was experiencing 40-50 seizures a day, and pharmaceutical drugs were not helping. Medical cannabis is cutting seizures by 80 percent, he said.

The medical marijuana system, just enacted into law this year, is still being set up; it might be spring before anybody gets any legal medical marijuana.

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